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    Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko meet in Kiev

    US 'Project Ukraine' Nearing Collapse, Threatening Obama’s Reputation

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    Despite the US and EU’s efforts, the Ukrainian "project" is in danger. If the Ukrainian government falls it will be a deep embarrassment for Washington, Brussels and the IMF which sacrificed relations with Russia to support it.

    The political feuding in Ukraine poses a risk not only to the country’s future but also to US President Barack Obama’s reputation, journalists Alessandra Prentice and Pavel Polityuk wrote.

    During his recent visit to Kiev, US Vice President Joe Biden said he spends more time speaking to Ukrainian officials than to his own wife. According to statements issued by Biden’s office, since 2014 the Vice President spoke by telephone 40 times with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and 16 times with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. This is in addition to four visits Biden made to Kiev and several meetings with Poroshenko and Yatsenyuk in Washington and Europe.

    "But despite these efforts, divisions inside the ruling coalition are growing and many of the reforms are stalled. If the leaders fail, it will be a deep embarrassment for Washington, the EU, and the IMF, which sacrificed relations with Russia to support these people. […] The Obama administration, along with the EU, has invested deeply in making a success of Ukraine's Feb. 2014 revolution," the authors wrote.

    According to them, despite the fact that in 2014 US officials and congressmen paid over 100 visits to Ukraine "the project is in danger".

    "If that happens, it will be a squandered opportunity for Ukraine to break a 25-year cycle of chaos and corruption and would rob the Obama administration of a rare foreign policy success," the Reuters article read.

    Initially, after the change in power, the news from Ukraine was positive. Senior US diplomat Victoria Nuland announced a list of reforms initiated by Kiev, saying that "Ukraine began to forge a new nation on its own terms."

    That was a welcome bright spot for an administration that had suffered foreign policy setbacks in Libya, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. But in the past few months Ukraine's reform drive has stuttered. […] Many promises have either stalled in parliament or remained on paper only," the authors underscored.

    In addition, conflicts have broken out between Poroshenko’s allies and Yatsenyuk’s supporters, with some official meetings turning into quarrels. For instance, during one meeting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov threw a glass of water at Odessa Governor Mikheil Saakashvili.

    A high-profile Ukrainian official on condition of anonymity told Reuters that during the meeting between Biden and Poroshenko in Kiev the US Vice President warned that the current team has "a last chance to do something" and that the results are important for Washington.

    Biden also said that the US’ patience was running out, the article noted. The authors underscored that Yatsenyuk’s resignation has also been considered. This would be a blow to US policy in Ukraine.

    "Washington sees Yatsenyuk, a fluent English speaker, as the lynchpin of Ukraine's reform effort. According to a second source close to Poroshenko, Washington will work with any prime minister, as long as a reformist coalition keeps power," the article concluded.


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      What an absolutely nothing article! It squeezes for information and knowledge that most sixth graders could have advanced with a little knowledge of the human nature of greed. And while praising Yatsenyuk for his "English" skills, it does not mention how he may be the very reason for the need of a plumber. He's clogging up the drain pipes with his constant vitriolic attitude toward the one person who could salvage the "reforms" necessary; Putin. And instead of saving his own people, he is sticking a fork in them always turning up the heat one more time because things are not quite "done" yet. Ukraine WILL be an albatross in perspective around Obama's neck, but will also pale in the light of the deaths he is responsible all across the Middle East and North Africa. It could have been avoided, too, in part, by listening to the now advice of a Donald Trump, who said it is not as important to learn how to chip out of a bunker as it is to work like you are the President.
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      Ivan Zadorozhny
      The Americans have been and remain clueless about Ukraine. Had they taken the trouble to understand more about the country, they would have seen that it can never join the West, let alone Nato.
    • avatar
      Were those cookies worth it?
    • dr.petestan
      Sowing and reaping - it's a spiritual law of the universe. If a country sows discord and lies - it will get back greater discord and more lies.
    • NATO has plenty of play money to print and save its project in Ukraine. Only a Russian military response will save Ukraine, LNR and DNR. Russia must end the CIA Fascist Kiev Coup and restore the rightful President.
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      Yes, Nuland surely knows much about new Ukraine nation!!!! Is all done in the name of American people??? Democracy works????
    • Alabama Mothman
      There is going to be a counter-coup there.
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      Why does Sputnik endorse propaganda??????? This is all old reporting and repetition that the Western MSM is presenting of the likes of the BBC, is Sputnik a Western planted alternative pretending to be un-biased and fair from a neutral or Eastern perspective???
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      gmprattin reply to708bba9d(Show commentHide comment)
      708bba9d, Yes
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      Ukraine is the latest and it is no different from any US colonized countries such south vietnam, south korea, iraq, libya, etc. some of them will disappear like south vietnam and some of them will soon disappear like south korea. ukraine is similar to south korea and it will soon disappear. those countries' security apparatus are now under US control and once US is gone, they will be gone.
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      Everything Americans touch turns into...
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